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3 Heart-Healthy Meals for Winter

February 7, 2017

You may be hoping for rising temperatures, but there are still several more weeks of winter. In celebration of Heart Month, treat yourself to three warm dishes packed with flavor and kind to your heart.Continue Reading

Calling an ambulance instead of driving yourself to a hospital when a loved one suffers a heart attack may save their life.

Life Saving Advice: What to Do if a Loved One Suffers a Heart Attack

February 2, 2017

When someone you love is suffering from a heart attack, every minute matters when seeking medical care. How you react when the unthinkable happens can be the difference between life and death. To help, we’ve put together some incredibly important information about how to react to a heart attack. If somebody you’re with is suffering from a heart attack you should immediately call 9-1-1, request an ambulance, and have the person chew and swallow a Tylenol while waiting for an EMT to arrive. It is strongly advised during a heart attack that you should not drive them to the hospital yourself,... Continue Reading

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Reducing Stress has Immediate and Long-Term Effects

February 1, 2017

What is stress? According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), stress is the brain's response to any demand, usually triggered by change. This stress-causing change can be a positive or negative, real or perceived, long-term or short-term, major or minor, harmful or harmless. Not all stress is bad- stress; responses that follow dangerous situations can save your life by heightening your senses and trigger a "fight-or-flight" response to threats. However, chronic stress can cause that same "fight-or-flight" response to be triggered within the body for a lengthy period of time and... Continue Reading

Too much exercise can lead to health issues

Can Too Much Exercise Be Bad for You?

January 31, 2017

Everyone knows exercise is necessary to have a truly healthy lifestyle, but is it possible to get too much of a good thing? While exercise yields a wealth of health benefits, pushing yourself too long or too hard may increase your risk of injury or have other adverse effects. But how do you know when you’re pushing yourself too hard? There is a fine line between an intense workout and overdoing it. Here are five signs that your workout routine may be over the top and you should consider reigning things in a bit: Exercise Leaves You Exhausted When you work out, it's normal to feel tired during... Continue Reading

RSV

Ask A Doctor... What is RSV?

January 27, 2017

Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV, is a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. For most people, RSV causes a mild illness, but it can be serious in infants and older adults. In the United States, RSV infections generally occur during fall, winter and spring.Continue Reading

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Nathan Hall, RN is presented with the DAISY Award

January 20, 2017

Nathan Hall, RN was presented with the DAISY Award on January 12th. Nathan was nominated for this award by a co-worker. Here is what she had to say about Nathan.Continue Reading

Dr. Brian Stisser in the OR with the surgical robot

From the Surgeon's Perspective: Robotic Surgery with Dr. Brian Stisser

January 11, 2017

Robotic surgery has enabled a surgeon to apply greater precision during operations while still employing the primary advantages of laparoscopic surgery – shorter hospital stays and less pain through smaller incisions. We have improved visualization through video scopes and advanced instruments to help with reconstruction of normal tissues and yet continue to maintain excellent management of both malignant and benign disease.Continue Reading

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Ask A Doctor... What is Robotic Surgery?

January 6, 2017

As a physician, I view the practice of medicine as both science and art, and constantly evolving. New technology is introduced, then the knowledge surrounding that technology is adopted, and then both are improved for the benefit of our patients. Recently Augusta Health introduced a new technology when our first robotic-assisted surgery was performed on October 25, 2016.Continue Reading

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Ask A Doctor... What is Palliative Care?

January 3, 2017

Palliative Care is specialized care for people with serious illnesses such as Cancer, Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), kidney disease, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease and many others. Regardless of the diagnosis, the Palliative Care staff focuses on improving life for both the patient and family—relieving both symptoms and burdens of living with a serious illness.Continue Reading

Sleeping baby

Folic Acid During Pregnancy Helps To Prevent Birth Defects

January 2, 2017

Thanks to continuing developments in medicine; new medications, procedures, and technologies, we are now living longer and healthier lives than ever before. This rise in quality and longevity of life has been extended to every walk of life as we continue to make significant medical improvements, to include the 1 in every 33 US children born every year with a birth defect. Birth defects are all too common, costly, and serious conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), every 4½ minutes a baby is born with a birth defect. In the time it takes you to read this article,... Continue Reading

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